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Official 2018 GSEF Abstract Form

This form is the preferred Official Abstract Form for the 2018 Georgia Science & Engineering Fair; however, the “OFFICIAL ABSTRACT and
CERTIFICATION” form obtainable from the ISEF website ( will also be accepted at
GSEF as meeting the Official Abstract Form requirement, as long as the form is properly completed (but does not have to be embossed).

Type Title Here CATEGORY

Pick one only —
Type Student Name(s) Here
mark box at right

Type School Name, City and State, Country Here Animal Sciences 
Start Typing the Body of Your Abstract Here Beginning at the Left Margin Behavioral & Social 
Biochemistry 
Biomedical & Health 
Cellular & Molecular 
Chemistry 
Computational Biology 
& Bioinformatics
Earth & Environmental 
Embedded Systems 
Energy: Chemical 
Energy: Physical 
Engineering Mechanics 
Environmental 
1. As part of this research project, the student directly handled, manipulated, or
interacted with (check ALL that apply):
Materials Science 
 human participants  potentially hazardous biological agents Mathematics 
 vertebrate animals  microorganisms  rDNA  tissue Microbiology 
Physics & Astronomy 
2. I/we worked or used equipment in a regulated research Plant Sciences 
institution or industrial setting:  Yes  No
Robotics & Intelligent 
3. This project is a continuation of previous research.  Yes  No Systems Software 

4. My display board includes non-published photographs/

visual depictions of humans (other than myself):  Yes  No

5. This abstract describes only procedures performed by me/us,

reflects my/our own independent research, and represents one
year’s work only.  Yes  No

6. I/we hereby certify that the abstract and responses to the above
statements are correct and properly reflect my/our own work.  Yes  No
Completing the Abstract:
Abstracts are limited to a maximum of 250 words and must fit within the predefined area. Please be sure to
consult the information from your local or regional fair for the proper formatting of the header information as
fairs differ in what is required (or not allowed).

The abstract should include the following:

A) Purpose of the experiment
B) Procedure
C) Data
D) Conclusions

It may also include any possible research applications. Only minimal reference to previous work may be included.
An abstract must not include the following:
A) Acknowledgements (including naming the research institution and/or mentor with which you were working),
or self-promotions and external endorsements
B) Work or procedures done by the mentor

Tips for Writing an Abstract:

A project abstract is a brief paragraph or two (limited to 250 words or 1,800 characters) highlighting and/or
summarizing the major points or most important ideas about your project. An abstract allows judges to quickly
determine the nature and scope of a project.
 Emphasize these aspects: purpose (hypothesis), methods (procedures used), data summary or analysis, and
 Focus only on the current year’s research.
 Omit details and discussions.
 Use the past tense when describing what was done. However, where appropriate use active verbs rather than
passive verbs.
 Use short sentences. Don’t abbreviate by limiting articles or other small words in order to save space.
 Avoid jargon and use appropriate scientific language.
 Use concise syntax, correct spelling, grammar, and punctuation.

Avoid a Rewrite:
 Focus on what you did, not on the work of your mentor or of the laboratory in which you did your work.
 Do NOT include acknowledgements, self-promotion, or external endorsements. Don’t name the research
institution and/or mentor with which you were working, and avoid mentioning awards or honors (including
achieving a patent) in the body of the abstract.
 Be sure to emphasize the current years’ research. A continuation project should only make a brief mention of
previous years’ research (no more than a sentence or two).